Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tatting Tea Tuesday

It's Tatting Tea Tuesday!

I am so excited to start this communi-tea! I hope you all have fun.
Here are the rules:

  • Set aside some time on Tuesdays to tat.
  • Put the kettle on for tea.
  • Share your progress on your blog or your favorite tatting group list, with "Tatting Tea Tuesday" in the headline or email subject line.
(Adding the Communi-tea part is optional...I just like the pun.)

And don't forget to leave me a comment with a link to your post or message so I can come see.

This week I began tatting an edging called Chantilly Border.
Source: May/June 2009 issue of Piecework magazine, p. 41

The original pattern was written in longhand notation, which I find hard to follow. So I read through the instructions and re-wrote them in shorthand formula. I cannot post the pattern though, until I have been granted permission by the magazine.

What I can tell you is this: the pattern is gleaned from Weldon's Practical Needlework, Volume 4. And facsimile printings of Volume 4 are available to order from Interweave Press by visiting Interweave Store. Or purchase a copy of Piecework magazine.

Chantilly Border is a lovely edging pattern that tats up quickly and is easy to memorize. I am using a vintage Coats and Clarks varigated tatting cotton in size 70 so it tats up dainty and delicate. Click on the image to see a larger view.

Did you notice my two twisted joins in the large rings at picot #6? I didn't notice them until I saw the image full size. How would you work an awkward join without twisting it? Tips? Suggestions?

: Georgia Seitz has a great page of notes on joining above as well as below the normal line of progression: Thoughts on Joining - The Shuttle Join

Unfortunately The Sprout woke up early from his nap so I only managed 2 1/2 repeats before having to stop. Not that I'm complaining. Today's effort is the first tatting I have done since 2005. The shuttle felt so good in my hand. The tea delicious. Taking a few relaxing moments for myself? Priceless!

Wishing you all blissful me time to create something beautiful.
See you next Tuesday for more communi-tea!


TattingChic said...

Your edging is very pretty. Love the colors. :)

Isdihara said...

@TattingChic Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Happy Tatting!

tattrldy said...

Your edging looks nice. Don't know about the twisted picots, I'd probably have to try it myselft and play with it. I do like the idea of Tatting Tea Tuesday - a very good excuse to sit down and tat. And then post about it hehehe.

JB said...

Great idea of Tatting Tuesday. Your edging is beautiful.

Isdihara said...

@tattrldy thanks for your nice comment and please do let me know if you play with different joining techniques and find one that works from the opposite side. Drinking tea while tatting is a wonderful way to unwind!

Isdihara said...

@JB Thanks for tracking me down on the Internet to award the Pay It Forward Giveaway prize! I'm so lucky it worked out.

Do check back when you can. Tatting Tea Tuesday will be a regular feature. Would love it if you played along!